Tag Archives: chores

The End of Summer

19 Sep

I think I do a post every year complaining about the end of summer.  It’s the time when pasture quality is low (although that’s been an all summer issue), worms are a real threat, my moms are run down from raising babies,

Hilda feeding Frodo and Rosie

and I’m in a race to get kids grown up enough to sell without them getting wormy, and wondering if I should give copper or not.  It’s my least favorite time of year, every year.

Tansy with her daughter, Sunshine

This year is no exception.  Lemuel picked up worms.  He was wormed and given copper.  I think he’s doing a little better.  I’ll keep a close eye on him.

Lemuel

I have a couple of girls who are thin.  I have no idea why Reva looks so bad.

Reva

Gidget also had a bit of diarrhea and is thin.

Gidget

With the girls not doing as well, I decided I need to get them back on grain.

It took all of about two days for them to figure out to be up here waiting for me when I get home from work.

Cinnamon (right) and her daughter, Athena, searching for spilled corn

Smarty pantses.

Pasture Time

28 Dec

We’ve had crazy up and down temperatures and snow and melt.  Tomorrow into Wednesday looks like there could be a lot of snow.

Good thing they’ve been enjoying pasture the last several days.

goats and llamas

Purl

Victoria

Maybeline, Odie, and Aurora

The goats

Bambi

Hera

Kate

Wanda

Onyx and Ruby

Penelope and Poppy

Maisie

I know I’ve enjoyed feeding them a bit less hay.

Hilda and Purl

That’s about to change again though.

Short Day Chores

19 Dec

With the cold weather and snow on the ground, I’ve been feeding full hay to the goats.  They aren’t even going out to pasture.  When I get home from work, I find them all waiting by the barn to get fed.

Well, except Litha.  She’s truly enjoying going in to get some sweet feed.

Litha

Of course, by the time I get her in the milk room everyone else thinks they should be going in to eat too.  They are not patient.

Everyone gets fed.

Xerxes waiting on his hay

Obviously after I was done with the rest of chores–it’s getting dark by then.

After Litha eats in the milk room, Dolly gets a turn.  Then my little poofy boy goes in to eat too.

Popcorn

I am still trying to figure out a good way for him to get to eat hay without being picked on.  It’s not easy.

Shut in the Love Shack pen with some hay

On this particular evening, the two little bucks happened to be last for me bringing them sweet feed.

Freddie and Tiger

They were really afraid I had forgotten them (I might have, but they had already had corn and hay given to them).

As soon as I got it for them, they were happy.

Freddie

Tiger

Although certain little ladies think it’s not fair they don’t get sweet feed too.

“Why am I not getting sweet feed? I’m special too.”  -Cupid

I generally have four or five of them swarming me when I feed the two boys.  When I’m feeding the whole herd, I have like fifty of them swarming me.  It’s a bit difficult. I’ll be glad when winter break starts and I can start chores sooner.